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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: How rare is it for a shooter to nail seven straight threes? Not as rare as you'd think.

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ray Allen’s shooting performance last night was positively scrumtrulescent, but leave it to the hard data to put a damper on things. In light of Ray’s finals record-breaking evening (and some prodding in a piece by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop), Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com dug into history books to ascertain just how often three-point shooters…

  2. Dick Bavetta isn't getting any love from the NBA

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dick Bavetta is one of the biggest names in NBA officiating. That’s in part because of a race/kiss that Bavetta shared with one Charles Barkley at the 2007 All-Star Game, but also because at 70 years young, Bavetta is something of a marvel among the refereeing ranks. Getting up and down the court to call…

  3. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: When it's not Kobe time, it's ugly time for the Lakers

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant entered back into the game with 6:16 left in the contest and proceeded to score five-quick points — an and-1 where Ray Allen fouled him near the elbow, followed by another bucket with a spin-to-the-left move on Allen. Then Kobe — a little tentative with five fouls — couldn’t make a shot, as…

  4. Minnesota targets Rudy Gay as their man this summer

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Someone is going to overpay Rudy Gay this summer. Don’t get me wrong, Gay is a good player with the potential to be damn good, he’s a quality get. But some team that missed out on the LeBron/Wade/Bosh sweepstakes is going to set their sights on Gay as someone they can sell to fans. Then…

  5. Carmelo Anthony expects a max-deal extension from Denver, but may not sign it

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony was in Los Angeles Sunday night to see Ray Allen walk on water, but he can’t go anywhere now without being asked about his future. He has one more year on his current deal, paying him $17.1 million next year, followed by a player-option for the year after that. Denver can offer him…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Milk cartons, desert islands, and Kevin Garnett

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After Ray Allen was plagued by foul trouble in Game 1, it was Kevin Garnett’s turn to fade into the background as the calls piled up against him in Game 2. KG’s final stat line — six points, four rebounds, and six assists — is probably too rosy a representation of his overall impact; Garnett…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston manages to slow down Kobe

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:34 AM EDT

    Coming into Sunday night’s game, Kobe Bryant had scored 30 or more points in 11 of his last 12 games. He had not shot 40 percent or lower from the field since April 22nd. He didn’t just defeat the Jazz and the Suns; he completely demoralized them with tough shot after tough shot. In the…

  8. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Allen's triples versus Bynum's ferocity versus Rondo's triple double

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    In Game 2, we saw the series we hoped we would get. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics put in huge performances in a back and forth affair that featured tremendous individual efforts on both sides of the green and yellow divide. Unfortunately, this meant that one team was going to be left…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: How Ray Allen got his groove back (and the Celtics, too)

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:51 AM EDT

    In June 1992, Ray Allen was doing what every other basketball crazed 16-year-old in the nation was doing — watching Michael Jordan rain threes on the Portland Trail Blazers. Six of them in Game 1 of the finals. Leading the Bulls to a crushing of the Trail Blazers. Tonight, Ray Allen was better than that.…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2, halftime: Ray Allen is an inhuman, three-point making cyborg

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Welcome to the Ray Allen show. Ray-Ray started out 7 of 7 from three, and he finished with 27 first half points on just 14 shots. Until his last three (a pretty open one) rimmed out, most of the crowd at Staples Center was convinced he is not human. The Lakers did not close well…

  11. Report: Cavaliers make offer to Tom Izzo

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    The Cavaliers are making a hard push for Tom Izzo as their next coach. That much is clear. The question is how hard. The Northern Ohio News-Herald is reporting that an offer has been made to Izzo to become the next head coach of the Cavs as they seek to keep LeBron James, a curious…

  12. Quote of the day, point guard? We don't need no stinkin' point guard?

    Jun 6, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    “You know, it’s very interesting to me that in an era where everybody says you’ve got to have a point guard who can penetrate and that if you don’t have one you can’t win. Chicago didn’t have one and the Lakers don’t have one now. So there game is being carried through the triangle offense.”–Dr.…

  13. NBA finals Celtics Lakers: What happened to Tony Allen?

    Jun 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Oh, it was all going so well. Tony Allen was the hero of the first two rounds of the playoffs. Largely considered an afterthought coming into the season, and a no-show for much of the regular season until Marquis Daniels’ injury history popped up, Allen developed into a huge component for the Celtics off the…

  14. Report: Cavaliers shopping Mo Williams, Delonte West

    Jun 6, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland needed to make some changes. It was pretty clear that the current formula worked great in the regular season but could be exposed in a seven-game series. But damn, Cleveland. You won 60 games two years in a row. Coach? Gone. General manager? Gone. Shaquille O’Neal? Probably gone. Mo Williams? They’ll trade him. Same…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Celtics will play like themselves, but is that enough?

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    All that time spent in Boston practices working on the triangle sets, and the Lakers destroyed the Celtics vaunted defense with the old-fashioned pick-and-roll in Game 1. What people forget is that this happened some in 2008 — the Lakers had maybe their best offensive success with the pick-and-roll. But as Darius of Forum Blue&…

  16. Report: Blazers searching for Pritchard replacement, may hire Jerry West

    Jun 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Seriously, if I’m Kevin Pritchard, I’m going to the beach. After Adrian Wojnarowski (who by the way is collecting breaking story scalps this weekend like Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall while everyone else is focused on some silly game Sunday night) broke the news that the Blazers had hired a head hunter to…

  17. Jeff Van Gundy is not giving up on giving up fouling out

    Jun 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    JVG is not kidding around. He really wants the league to do away with fouling out. Speaking to FanHouse’s Brett Pollakoff, Jeff Van Gundy let fly, saying that people deserved to see the best Cetlics players and the best Lakers players without fear of foul truble. He’s advocating at least an increase in the max…

  18. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Can Pau Gasol keep it up

    Jun 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Talking to a Celtics blogger last night, he was pretty candid about how Gasol-Garnett I wound up. “(Gasol) murdered him.” Reds Army was still confident the Celtics would rebound naturally (both literally and figuratively), but the cold hard facts can’t escape even the most stout Boston fans. Pau Gasol railroaded Garnett on his way to…

  19. The Tom Thibodeau-LeBron James via William Wesley corrolary

    Jun 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The Bulls’ hiring of Tom Thibodeau is in and of itself a great maneuver. Thibodeau, long considered a defensive guru and a major component of the Celtics’ ridiculous defense the last two years. He’s widely respected and was considered an obvious choice (seriously, the Bulls could ink LeBron on the first day of free agency…

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